Many GW Law students choose to perform public interest legal work during the summer. In order to make this choice more financially feasible, the Law School and other organizations provide summer subsidies.
GW Law awards approximately $295,000 in the form of cash grants and tutition remission to law students who will engage in summer public interest work. Students are able to submit applications for the subsidies after receiving an offer of summer employment from a non-profit or government employer. Awardees can serve in organizations in Washington, DC, as well as around the country and abroad. Students who receive one of these stipends may also be able to receive academic credit for their public interest work through the law school's Field Placement Program.
In addition, the Law School's student-run Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) holds an auction each spring that funds summer public interest grants. Applications for summer EJF grants are available early in the spring semester. Applications are due in early April following the auction.
Sources outside GW Law provide funding as well. These funding sources have deadlines throughout the spring semester. If you have questions, contact the Career Development Office's Public Interest Advisor, Tamara Dévieux-Adams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2015 Public Interest Subsidies Application
Summer 2015 Public Interest Subsidies Commitment Letter
GW Law's J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Fellowship Program annually provides financial aid for third-year students (and evening students who have completed at least 56 credits) who agree to work 20 hours per week at public interest organizations in the Washington, DC area during the fall and spring semesters.
Awardees may receive as much as $15,000 in tuition remission, and they are also eligible to receive up to four academic credits during the semester for their work experience through the Field Placement Program. Preference is given to employers who represent, directly or indirectly, indigent individuals or populations, interests that would not otherwise be adequately represented, and environmental organizations.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is designed to help alleviate the financial burdens of GW Law's recent graduates (1990 and later) who pursue public interest employment. The LRAP assists recent graduates by providing "forgiveable" loans to those whose annual income - after taking into consideration their annual law school loan payments - falls below a certain target income.